The ongoing vaccination effort is allowing life in the United States to return to some degree of normalcy after COVID-19 wreaked havoc for well over a year. So far, the virus has claimed 594,496 American lives — more than the total number of Americans killed in World War I and World War II combined.
In the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington metropolitan area, which covers parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin, a total of 4,615 deaths have been attributed to the virus, equal to 130 fatalities for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, 182 deaths have been attributed to the virus per 100,000 people.
Though deaths attributable to the virus are less common across the metro area than they are nationwide, this is not the case in some parts of the city.
The broader Minneapolis metro area comprises 16 counties or county equivalents — and of them, Mille Lacs County has had the most COVID-19 fatalities per capita. So far, the per capita coronavirus death rate in Mille Lacs County stands at 210 for every 100,000 people.
Though it has the highest per capita death rate in the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington metro area, Mille Lacs County ranks among the middle 50% of all U.S. counties or county equivalents with at least one COVID-19 fatality by death rate per capita.
All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of June 14, 2021.
|Rank||Geography||Deaths per 100,000 people||Total deaths||Confirmed cases per 100,000 people||Total confirmed cases|
|1||Mille Lacs County, MN||209.9||54||12,107||3,115|
|2||Ramsey County, MN||165.1||894||9,681||52,421|
|3||Isanti County, MN||164.2||64||11,277||4,395|
|4||Hennepin County, MN||143.2||1,769||10,096||124,736|
|5||Anoka County, MN||131.5||457||12,284||42,679|
|6||Washington County, MN||114.5||290||10,810||27,383|
|7||Dakota County, MN||111.7||467||11,181||46,758|
|8||Wright County, MN||111.5||148||12,354||16,399|
|9||Pierce County, WI||103.4||43||11,990||4,988|
|10||Sherburne County, MN||100.8||94||12,856||11,986|
|11||Chisago County, MN||95.0||52||11,302||6,185|
|12||Scott County, MN||92.8||133||12,229||17,533|
|13||Le Sueur County, MN||89.3||25||10,614||2,970|
|14||St. Croix County, WI||76.2||67||11,145||9,798|
|15||Sibley County, MN||67.1||10||9,844||1,468|
|16||Carver County, MN||47.8||48||10,612||10,656|